Two for the Road

Two for the Road

DVD - 2005
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Joanna is in a touring girl's choir and Mark is a struggling architect when they first meet on the road in Europe. The film follows their life together - through courtship and marriage, infidelity and parenthood - all on the road.

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Mouziey
Apr 06, 2018

I was lured into watching because I thought it would accentuate Audrey H. In fact the clothes and the scenic Europe did. Otherwise the badgering of both male and female actors made it very tiring. As two young people attracted; then as two on a rode trip with another family with a kid{this is the hilarious part of the process}; then the rest is blahhhhhh.

Oh my geepers let this film end....

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Nursebob
Aug 09, 2016

Stanley Donen’s remarkable film, highly experimental for the time, plays with our sense of time as it follows the rocky ups and downs of a relationship in crisis. More temporal montage than linear narrative, past and present merge seamlessly as memories take on a life of their own—at one point an older and unhappier Mark and Joanna driving a posh Mercedes-Benz pass their younger fiery selves on a French country lane, the latter putt-putting around in a broken down MG. Presented as a series of parallel road movies, their recollections provide an emotional minefield of sorts with romantic moments of bohemian abandon being punctuated by bitter tiffs and the odd affair. A brief driving holiday with a sickeningly bourgeois American couple and their horrid child provides some comic relief while holding up an uncomfortable mirror, and a pair of encounters at an ultra glam soiree proves to be a turning point—but which direction will Joanna and Mark take? Cool and oh-so hip from Hepburn’s mod 60’s outfits to its counter-culture message, Donen’s film could have become just so much arty pretension. But the passionate chemistry between Finney and Hepburn combined with Frederic Raphael’s Oscar-nominated screenplay and Henry Mancini’s beautiful orchestral accompaniments instead produce a strangely endearing dramatic comedy that sparkles as it bites.

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Charlie68
Mar 01, 2016

I enjoyed the driving through the French countryside in different vehicles. The multiple story lines I thought were delicately intertwined and made the viewer work. The ending I didn't find very satisfying.

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mswrite
Feb 18, 2016

A marvelous, romantic examination of grown-up love, or what happens in the years after the fairy-tale comes true (especially when the prince turns out to be a frog). Hepburn and Finney have a wonderful chemistry--but then the luminous Audrey Hepburn had chemistry with nearly every leading man with whom she was paired--and director Stanley Donen's juxtaposition of Mark and Joanna's past and present times gives their love story extra depth and poignancy. Watch for the gorgeous Jacqueline Bisset in a small role as an early rival of Joanna's for Mark's affection; and add to all this one of composer Henry Mancini's loveliest scores; now you have a "swinging sixties" Hollywood film of rare consequence, warmth and beauty.
Note: this DVD edition features a perceptive and characteristically witty commentary track from Donen--a major plus.

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coasting
Nov 02, 2015

I saw this many years ago and loved it. Took it out again and saw it in a completely different light. The hero was a complete boor, which was accepted in those days as quite normal masculine behaviour. I only watched for a short while but in that time the women were depicted as giggling idiots - that was enough. A period piece - men/women relationships of that era.

Missumuch Sep 11, 2013

THis was a good one but its sad in a way. Joanna gets what she wants but hewas extremely selfish. She puts up with his vanity. I think she is great in this...love the clothes.

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ostwald
Dec 13, 2012

I saw the movie and I had liked it
it was based on a true story this isnot
for children to watch

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phyllis49
Mar 19, 2012

A couple, trying to rekindle a waning passion after twelve years of marriage, looks back on their relationship through a series of flashbacks of their trips.
Audrey Hepburn, Albert Finney, Claude Dauphin, Nadia Gray, Georges Descrieres, .

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